Hoërskool Richardsbaai Grade 12 learner selected for tertiary bursary

At the handover of the scholarship are (back) Principal Herman Muller and Elize Schulze; (front) Hans Oldenburg (father of Johan Oldenburg), Clarissa Graham, Julie Oldenburg (mother of Johan Oldenburg) and Monica Herbst

ONE Hoërskool Richardsbaai Grade 12 learner’s biggest dream came true when she was recently picked by prominent Netherlands businessman Johan Oldenburg to receive a full tertiary scholarship to study anywhere in South Africa.

Clarissa Graham can next year venture into any desired field of study thanks to Oldenburg, who is a former pupil of the school and founded the Oldenburg Bonsél Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will cover all costs including books, classes and accommodation.

Clarissa who is described as ‘a dynamic, positive, kind-hearted and hardworking young lady’ by school principal Herman Muller, has bagged many academic accolades, including certificates for being among the Top 10 and Super 20 since Grade 8, and securing full colours in Grades 10 and 11.

She has also collected awards and trophies in music, drama, land service and hockey. The humble matric learner was flabbergasted with the exciting news. ‘When my name was called as the winner I could not believe it, considering how amazing and deserving other applicants were as well,’ she said.

‘I was overwhelmed by emotion and I’m truly grateful to be given this incredible opportunity. ‘I now know that my future studies are definite and it feels really good to know my hard work has paid off.’

Three educators were also chosen to visit the Netherlands to equip themselves further in their careers – Monica Herbst, Elize Schulze and Herman Muller.

‘The staff and learners of Hoërskool Richardsbaai would like to thank Oldenburg Bonsél and Associates for their contribution and sincere interest in our school,’ said Muller.


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